Cancún and surrounding areas requiring travelers to sign drug awareness documents

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Travelers to the popular Mexican state of Quintana Roo will be required to sign a document confirming that they understand the local regulations on the consumption and transportation of illicit substances.

According to Reportur.comQuintana Roo government officials, hotel associations and the Secretary of Tourism have launched a spring break anti-drug campaign to combat the possible influx of arrests during the holidays.

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Tourists must sign the Illegal Substances Document upon arrival at hotels in Cancun, Chetumal, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres, Mahahual, Puerto Morelos, Riviera Maya and Tulum. Guests must sign their name, confirming that they understand local drug laws and penalties.

“When we arrived at Breathless Soul, we were asked to sign a few forms at check-in,” Elm Grove Travel said Amy Frank. “The first form was a simple form of names, address, phone and email. The second was a detailed non-drug use policy on the property along with outlined consequences for violations. He stated that you will be removed from resort and no refund given.

“I think it will deter patrons from using drugs on site and the security staff were very present to keep the party within legal bounds,” Frank continued. “Once you’ve given written consent that you’ll abide by, it usually forces people to follow the rules.”

The paperwork is part of a wider campaign for international tourists highlighting the dangers of buying and selling drugs in popular Mexican Caribbean hotspots. Campaign ads featured images of prisons, which some visitors found controversial.

Earlier this month, Quintana Roo Governor Carlos Joaquin Gonzalez recently tweeted about the campaign, saying, “On the occasion of the upcoming high holiday season, in collaboration with businessmen, we have launched an awareness campaign to warn tourists about the risks and consequences of drug use while staying in Quintana Roo.”

In March, the governor of Quintana Roo said declining numbers of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations led officials to begin the process of lifting mask requirements in public spaces.

Additionally, soldiers and uniformed police increased their presence in Cancun’s Hotel Zone as massive numbers of Spring Break travelers arrived in the area for a hot-weather vacation.

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